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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Regional Tribal Government Considered by Calista Regional Committee

Regional Tribal Government Considered by Calista Regional Committee

A new regional tribal government, new taxes, and a constitutional convention will be considered when theCalista-facilitated Regional Committee meets Monday in Anchorage.

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November 21, 2014
Hoffman and Halford speak as Bill Walker and Byron Mallott look on. (Photo from Walker campaign)

Hoffman, Halford Prepare for Walker Transition Weekend

Bethel’s Ana Hoffman and former Senate President Rick Halford are chairing incoming Governor Bill Walker’s transition team. Walker is racing towards inauguration next month.

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November 20, 2014

Platinum Creek Mine Operator Indicted For Alleged Illegal Mine Waste Water Discharges

XS Platinum and five of its employees and corporate officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged illegal discharges of mine waste water at the Platinum Creek mine in Southwest Alaska and for making false statements to authorities.

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November 19, 2014
2014 K300 champion Rohn Buser congratulates his lead dogs after his 2nd Kuskokwim 300 win.

Kuskokwim 300 to Run as 12-Dog Race

The Kuskowkim 300 Sled Dog race is now a 12-dog event. The race committee decided this fall to lower the dog limit from 14 to 12.

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November 18, 2014

Lights Back on in Tuluksak

After a week without power, the lights in Tuluksak came back on Friday evening. Some families lost hundreds of pounds of meat and fish due to the extended outage during unseasonably warm weather. The community of more than 400 located upriver from Bethel lost power earlier this month.

November 17, 2014
With No Power, Tuluksak Residents Scramble to Save Meat

With No Power, Tuluksak Residents Scramble to Save Meat

After a week without power, a backup generator is scheduled to arrive in Tuluksak Friday. But families have already lost hundreds of pounds of moose, fish, birds, and berries.

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November 14, 2014
State To Send Backup Generator to Tuluksak

State To Send Backup Generator to Tuluksak

The state is sending an emergency generator to Tuluksak, which has not had power since Friday afternoon.

November 13, 2014
(Photo via KYUK)

Bethel Man Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

A Bethel man has accepted a plea deal for sexual abuse of minors. Eighteen charges against 66-year old Daniel Kashatok were consolidated into a charge of 2nd degree sexual assault of a minor and one 2nd degree count of attempted sexual assault of a minor.

November 13, 2014
Representative Bob Herron

Y-K Delta Representative Bob Herron Named Majority Whip

Y-K Delta House Representative Bob Herron will be the Whip for the Majority Caucus this January. Herron and the Republican-led caucus just finished two days of organization meetings. As Majority Whip, the District 38 Democrat is charged with making sure there is effective communication in the caucus.

November 10, 2014

How Will Legal Marijuana Work In Rural Alaska?

Early next year, Alaskans will be able to legally buy, transport, and use small amounts of marijuana. The initiative will not be law until three months after the vote is certified, and the state has more time to come up with rules for marijuana sales.

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November 7, 2014
Crews Troubleshoot Bethel’s Pool Sprinkler System

Crews Troubleshoot Bethel’s Pool Sprinkler System

There’s no timeline for reopening the $24 million Bethel pool, which closed right after the grand opening this past Saturday due to a sprinkler system issue.

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November 7, 2014
Senator Lyman Hoffman to Caucus with Majority

Senator Lyman Hoffman to Caucus with Majority

Y-K Delta Senator Lyman Hoffman will be caucusing with the Majority Caucus. The group met Wednesday in Anchorage to organize and name leadership. Hoffman is the first Democrat to join this version of the 15-person body. He says he’s had positive experiences working with members on gasline legislation.

November 7, 2014
(Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

Y-K Voters Weigh In on Senate, Governor, and Marijuana Legalization

Republican Dan Sullivan appears to be Alaska’s next US Senator. The former Attorney General and Natural Resources Commissioner was up 8-thousand votes with all precincts reporting. The Kuskokwim Delta, however, came out for the Democrat Mark Begich, with 70 percent Bethel voters supporting Begich to Sullivan’s 25 percent.

November 5, 2014
Bethel residents enjoy the new pool. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

New Bethel Pool Closes Temporarily Due To Safety Issue

Just as soon as the doors opened at Bethel’s new pool, they closed. Bethel city officials say there’s safety issue.

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November 4, 2014
The aftermath of the fire. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)

Fire Investigators Wrap Up Work in Bethel

Two investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s office completed their work at the site of the fire that destroyed the new Bethel alcohol treatment center.

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October 31, 2014

State Senator Lyman Hoffman Explains Endorsement Of U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan

Y-K Delta State Senator Lyman Hoffman surprised some people when he endorsed Republican Dan Sullivan for US Senate. In an interview with KYUK today, Hoffman explained why he took a stance in the high profile race in which Sullivan is seeking Senator Mark Begich’s job.

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October 31, 2014
AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

The Association of Village Council Presidents settled a lawsuit last month with a company that claimed AVCP had infringed copyright rules and misused trade secrets by providing unauthorized access to proprietary software.

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October 27, 2014
Senator Lyman Hoffman. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Lyman Hoffman Endorses Dan Sullivan for Senate

Y-K Delta State Senator Lyman Hoffman officially endorsed Dan Sullivan for US Senate Friday. The former Attorney General and Natural Resources commissioner is seeking the seat of incumbent Mark Begich.

October 27, 2014
Sullivan greets Leif Albertson at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce lunch. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Courts Rural Alaska Voters

Late last week, U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan took his campaign to Bethel. The challenger to Senator Mark Begich, who, if successful, may be the Senator that tilts the power balance in the Senate from Democratic to Republican.

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October 23, 2014

AVCP Works to Reopen Flight School

The Association of Village Council Presidents is working toward reopening their flight School, Yuut Yaqungviat, in Bethel. AVCP President Myron Naneng says bringing back the flight school is part of an economic development strategy.

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October 21, 2014